Idaho has a population of approximately 1.6 million people. Close to 4.7% of adults in Idaho (according to SAMHSA) live with serious mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression.
Public mental health services in Idaho are administered and provided by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare–Mental Health Services. Substance use and addiction treatment services are overseen by the Substance Use Disorder Services Program.
Only 47.5% of adults with mental illness in Idaho receive any form of treatment from either the public system or private providers (according to SAMHSA). The remaining 52.1% receive no mental health treatment. According to Mental Health America, Idaho is ranked 48 out of the 50 states and Washington D.C. for providing access to mental health services.
Medicaid is a combined state and federal program that provides health coverage to people with low income, including those who are unable to work because of a mental health disability. Residents of Idaho can apply for Medicaid through the Idaho Health Marketplace.
Other Idaho Resources
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare–Mental Health Services
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare–Substance Use Disorder Services Program
Idaho 211 – 2-1-1 is a free referral and information helpline that connects people to a wide range of health and human services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To contact 2-1-1 in any state, including Idaho, simply dial the numbers 2-1-1 from any phone.
National Alliance on Mental Illness–Idaho – The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a nationwide advocacy group, representing families and people affected by mental health disorders in the United States. The national organization is organized into state and local affiliates, of which NAMI–Idaho is one.